Question of the Day

Will we miss those who are not in Heaven when we are in Heaven?

A member of my church mentioned, during a rabbit trail of his sermon, that Christians will not miss those who are not in Heaven, because Heaven is perfect…there is not more tears, pain, suffering, etc…therefore it must be so.

I do not know if that is true. I do not know if it is even something we can know for sure. But at first thought I recall that there is tears in Heaven. Although it is Christ Jesus who wipes away those tears. I am not sure I even like that line of thinking, because an extreme case of this type of thinking will lead to hyper-Calvinism… “I don’t need to share the Gospel, cause God is ultimately in control and did not want everyone in Heaven in the first place and I will not miss any one who is not up there any way!”

Albeit, this person was NOT preaching a Calvinistic sermon and he is not a hyper-Calvinist by any means. He did not mean it that way, but when reflecting on this question that thought came to my mind.

To me, it is vital that we think about eternal life while we live in this temporary one. It is vital that we share our faith. And while I do not want to merely give out “get out of jail free cards.” I do think that the after life, Heaven and Hell can, will, and should motivate us Christians to share our faith and the unsaved to act upon the Good News. Becuase Hell is real.

We should build relationships of discipleship and not merely save’m and leave’m. Of course. But do not forget about how real and life changing the message of Heaven and Hell really is.

Now back to the question:
“Will we miss those not in Heaven?

I have heard and read some pre-millinalist dispensationalists say that “Yes. We will miss those not Heaven.”

So what do you think?

4 thoughts on “Question of the Day

  1. hyper-Arminianism… “I did not share the Gospel, cause I was ultimately in control and did not want everyone in Heaven in the first place and I will not miss any one who is not up there any way!” Isn’t this what the average believer is unconsciously saying now by his actions?I have never heard a believer say what you said leads to hyper-Calvinism. I have heard a lot of anti-Calvinist including you put thoes words in Calvinist’ mouths.It is a worn out attempt to destroy Calvinism. Eventually someone will get smart to it and call it for what it is.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate the feed back and you make a great point. I think that you are correct in both defining “hyper-arminianism” and in attributing it to the average (at least American) believer.As far as what you are saying though…I am not sure where exactly I stand. As I said in my post, that I believe that Calvinistic or Arminian alike, we should be sharing the Gospel. As far as where I line up theologically, I do not know. But you are correct in showing how the knife cuts both ways. And I am not in it for the arguing. Becuase I do lean Calvinistic in some aspects. I have no intention of destroying Calvinism. – Just Hyper-Calvinism…just as we should warn agianst hyper-arminianism. There is a balance.The point is we should be sharing the Gospel either way.And in relation to my question….I am still curious, what do you think, “Will we miss those who are not in Heaven?”

  3. “Will we miss those who are not in Heaven?”I don’t think we will miss anyone who is not there, at least in the sense that we miss someone here.There will be terrible sorrow as we see our wood hay and stuble burn. There will be great joy for the precious stones displayed.Thoes first on this earth who are last in heaven will be confused and sorrowful. Many who were last on earth will be surprised in joy at their new found status!Many tears will have to wiped away. Yes there will be sorrow.Do you personally know any hyper-Calvinist? I don’t and neither has anyone I have ask.can’t wait for heaven!Charles

  4. Actually when we get to heaven we’ll wonder if we shut the garage door or unplugged the iron.You left a twenty dollar bill as a book mark and wonder if anyone will find it!

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